2017 Recap, What I’ve Been Up To, etc…

What. A. Year.

I can honestly say that this has been one of the best year’s of my life. But, believe me when I say that in the beginning, I thought 2017 would just be another year where nothing really happens in my life.

Boy, was I wrong…

Little did I know that the powers that be (aka GOD, the universe) were conspiring to prove me wrong.

It all started on a fateful day in March, when I received a call that would change my life. On that day, I found out that I got accepted into a Graduate Journalism program……in Chicago! Although I am a New Yorker (Brooklyner to be exact) at heart, I grew tired of the city and living there. When I first made the decision to go back to school in 2015, I was very unhappy with my job at the time and something was telling me that I should get my Master’s degree.

I did look into schools in New York, but none of them had a Grad program that gave me a chance to focus on what I want, which is Broadcast. Yeah, I even changed the type of journalism I wanted to pursue.

I decided to apply to three schools in three different states: one in Chicago, California and Boston. I really had my heart set on the school in Cali because ever since I was in high school, I wanted to move to the Golden State and I thought I was ready for it, but again the universe had other plans for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t get accepted to the school in California and Boston. I was disheartened because honestly Chicago was a backup – I didn’t really want to go there, but just in case the first two didn’t accept me, it would be a safety net.

Despite my reasoning, I started to get worried that I was going to get rejected from the school in Chicago because I didn’t hear anything and this was my last shot. If I didn’t get accepted into any schools, I wasn’t going back to school and I would have to figure out Plan B.

It was all or nothing…

Back to that day in March, I was at work and I received a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize. Now usually, I don’t pick up random numbers but something told me to pick up, I did and was told that I would be going to Columbia College Chicago in the Fall…..that is if I accept the offer. I could not believe my ears! Now at this time, I was a few months into my new job, I’ve made new friends, I was dating someone, my family and longtime friends were here and I didn’t want to leave all that behind.

However I’ve realized that when opportunity knocks, one would be foolish to not take it. At the end of the day, my real friends (emphasis on REAL) and family will still be around. Love will be around even if it doesn’t work out so I shouldn’t be second guessing this.

But I was. I am not a fan of change. I get comfortable.

I like to stay in my comfort zone, because I’m afraid of what possibilities would lie at my feet if I left it. The comfort zone. It’s a dangerous place to be. It’s where dreams die.

I was afraid of my greatness…

I pray for change, for my life to start and yet I don’t do anything to make that change. I relied heavily on God and the universe to make a way, not realizing that I have to put the work in too. I prayed for this, I asked for this…I can’t turn this opportunity down. I accepted the offer, of course.

The next few months went by quickly and before I knew it, it was August 9th. I was on a one-way flight to my new home in Chicago. I was crying my eyes out on that plane ride, not because I was leaving my home of 27 years but because I did it!

I took a leap of faith. I’ve left my comfort zone to begin a new adventure and started a new chapter of my life…

Top: House of Bad Habits | Skirt: ASOS (similar) | Shoes: ZARA (old)

Fast forward to now and I’ve finished my first semester of Grad school. Let me tell you it was not easy, especially with balancing a part-time job (I was able to get a transfer…thank you God!), but my friends back home and some new ones in the Chi kept your girl motivated.

When I reflect on 2017, I’m still in awe of all of the things I’ve accomplished. I never would have thought that I would be living on my own in a different state, make new friends, form new connections and still continue my education. Don’t get me wrong, 2017 wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies but I’m grateful to have achieved all that I have in four months.

To wrap up this long post, that’s the reason I have been MIA from Fashion Runs the World but I’m not letting that be an excuse in 2018. I’m still committed to bringing content to this space and although my life will be a little hectic, I just have to make the time. No ifs ands or buts. So for all of you reading this today, I want ya’ll to hold me accountable.

I’m serious.

Wishing you all a great 2018!